New York Fashion Week: Donna Karan Spring 2012

Any fashion-minded woman knows that Donna Karan’s designs do miraculous things for the female form. She makes us look chic and sophisticated, while managing to keep us comfortable: an amazing feat in fashion today. Naturally, she has been at it for decades and with each season she gets better and better. Her collections completely embody what Urban Sybaris is out because they blend luxury and that urban flair seamlessly. She recognizes that a city woman has so many necessities when it comes to style from office looks, cocktail attire, great accessories, errand-running pieces and so much more and that is why I am constantly inspired by what she designs.

For Spring 2012, she took her inspiration from the paintings of Haitian artist, Philippe Dodard, as well as her recent trips to Haiti and those influences could be seen in the tribal prints which adorned so many pieces including a high-waisted pleated A-line skirt on Jac, a billowing jacket and pencil skirt on Saskia de Brauw and a beautiful strapless dress on Ruby Aldridge. Like Prabal Gurung, Donna added in the sheer cut-out detailing on sleeveless and strapless dresses worn by Liu Wen and a stunning embroidered gown on Jac.

I loved the palette of the collection, which was darker than Spring has been for other designers, but earthy and rich: chocolate, faded grey, black, taupe, black and white, with hints of pistachio, orange and magenta.

Let’s not forget about the accessories in the collection which were tribal-inspired and exotic to the max. Snakeskin wedges with architectural cut-out heels, chunky wood bangles paired with even the most delicate of dresses, statement mixed media necklaces and more. Flatforms were also shown, so perhaps the trendy footwear style for Spring 2011 will be making a resurgence next year.

Eva Mendes and Hilary Swank are fans so let’s see if they try any of these looks on the red carpet.

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